Workshops e documentos

Workshop on Biofuel Technologies and their Implications for Water and Land Use (13/8/2009)

O Workshop on Biofuel Technologies and their Implications for Water and Land Use reuniu pesquisadores do Brasil e de outros países entre os dias 10 e 12 em Atibaia (SP). O evento foi realizado no âmbito do Programa FAPESP de Pesquisa em Bioenergia (BIOEN), na divisão Impactos Socioeconômicos, Ambientais e de Uso da Terra.

A FAPESP realizou, no dia 13 de agosto de 2009, em sua sede na capital paulista, encontro para apresentação dos resultados do workshop e de oportunidades de financiamento a pesquisa.

Vídeos do workshop:

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Opening remarks and introductions

Marco Antônio Zago – President of CNPq
Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz – Scientific Director of FAPESP
Cynthia Singleton – NSF
Ernesto Quiles – MINCYT


Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (FAPESP-Brazil) - Bioenergy in Brazil


John R. Regalbuto, Ph.D. (NSF-USA) - Program Director, Catalysis and Biocatalysis Chemical and Transport Systems Division National Science Foundation


Marcelo Khaled Poppe (CGEE)


Carlos Querini (Argentina) - Technologies of biodiesel production, energy supply. Purification processes using water or adsorbents. Algae as alternative raw materials. Second generation fuels; alternatives of bio-oil production.


Maria Uriarte (Columbia University, USA)


Luiz Martinelli (CENA-USP, Brazil) - Water use in ethanol production in São Paulo State (Southeast Brazil): consequences on water resources


Víctor Pochat (Argentina) - Water use implications of biodiesel production


Michael Coe (Woods Hole Research, USA)


Stella Carballo (Argentina) - Land use implications of biodiesel production


Film about ethanol in Brazil (BNDES)


Funding Opportunities
The goal of this session is to provide information on funding opportunities for joint research, education and exchanges. Representatives of CNPq & FAPESP, SECyT, and NSF will give short (~ 15 min) overviews of applicable programs within their organizations followed by questions. Participants will use this information as background as they work to develop plans for collaborative regional programs.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Breakout Session 1
Group discussions- Finding common ground with respect to scientific questions related the land use impacts of biofuels that must be answered and research challenges that must be overcome to answer these questions.


  1. 1) Which technologies would be more important (adequate) to minimize future impacts of biofuel production in land and water use?
  2. 2) Which problems related to water and land use impacts of biofuel production are of national (local) importance?
  3. 3) Which of these problems are of pan-american importance?
  4. 4) Evaluate the actual situation and desired future to minimize impacts of biofuel production on water and land use;
  5. 5) What would be the consequences of these pan-american solutions for the rest of the world? Economy, Society, Science, Technology and industry, biodiversity? 

Plenary Session 1
Group Reporting


Breakout Session 2
Group discussions - Identify the specific methods and data needed to answer the top scientific questions identified in Plenary Session 2. The discussion should include the interface between the disciplines and the tools needed to answer questions that span the disciplines.


  1. 1) Are biofuels a good solution to help with the effects of the climatic changes?
  2. 2) Are biofuels environmentally, economically and socially viable?
  3. 3) What are the expected effects of biofuels production on biodiversity?
  4. 4) What are the possible focal points for cooperative projects between research groups from the three countries? 

Plenary Session 2
Group Reporting


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Breakout Session 3
Group discussions - Look for collaborative opportunities in terms of science, modeling, analysis, and training of the next generation of engineers and scientists.

In parallel to these activities, a group composed of the scribes will write a document with the main conclusions reached by the groups during the Breakout Sessions 1 and 2.

Themes for discussion: 

  • Discuss next steps and agree on plan (action items)
  • Goals for next years
  • Mechanisms to improve scientific cooperation 

Plenary Session 3 and Closing Plenary Session
Group Reporting



Thursday, August 14, 2009
FAPESP - São Paulo

Articles about BIOEN:

  1. Terra, água e biocombustíveis
  2. Unidos pela sustentabilidade
  3. Science destaca gasolina verde
  4. Índices integrados
  5. Equação Ambiental
  6. Gasolina Verde
  7. Verde e sustentável
  8. Combustíveis: O etanol nas Américas (Carta Capital, 19/11/2009)
  9. Entrevista concedida a Mariluce Moura do Programa Pesquisa Brasil (Rádio Eldorado)